Heather McDermott

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colourful earrings and necklaces inspired by the Scottish shoreline

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About Heather McDermott

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Previous Designer : Iona McCuaig Next Designer : Sheila McDonald

Scottish jeweller, Heather McDermott takes her inspiration from the ever-changing shoreline and landscape of the Isle of Skye, where she has an open studio throughout the year in the most southerly township of Aird, Sleat.

The tideline of Skye is a treasure trove of unique objects discarded from the urban environment and deposited by the power of the Hebridean swell. Here rope, wood and plastic take on a subtler identity as wind and waves shape and re-shape form and colour. The continually changing shoreline is her constant source of inspiration.

These inspirational scenes are developed and translated in Heather's work by utilising shapes and colours. Unconventional in size and structure, each piece is an expression of sculptural form and is designed to create a statement.

The industrial nature of the stainless steel is hand formed into soft geometric shapes mimicking fishing nets and lobster pots. Repetition creates chaotic chain which is then embellished with simple vivid discs of colour inspired by washed up buoys.